Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

by Andrea Camilleri

We will read the last novel written by Andrea Camilleri which features Commissario Montalbano as the main character.  It was written between 2004 and 2005 and is dedicated to his dear friend and publisher, Elvira Sellerio. In 2016, Camilleri, surprised to find himself still alive, decided to “sistemare” (tweak) the book.  Nothing much was changed in the story, but some changes were made in the language.  One interesting note is that in this novel, Camilleri becomes a character in the book and works with Montalbano to solve the case.

The novel was published posthumously, according to Camilleri’s instructions to his publisher, a year after his death.  ​

Tuition: $ 360 (12 weeks)

Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano

Starts:  Sept. 13 – Dec.13

by Paolo Cognetti

The focus of this course will be on the contemporary, award-winning novel Le Otto Montagne by Paolo Cognetti. This intermediate course will be conducted in Italian. Students will present sections of the book and lead discussions about the text. They will also write on topics related to the novel and read from their writings. Selected grammar topics will be focused on across the semester.

Tuition: $ 320 (12 weeks)

Tues. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM;

Instructor: Ceil Lucas

Starts:  Sept. 15  – Dec. 01

by Lorenzo da Ponte

Memorie is the picaresque story of a man of great talent (opera librettist and poet).
The book records a fantastic variety of romantic, political and professional intrigues.
Students will research on 18th century rococo` and neoclassic art , music and literature.

Tuition: $ 360 (12 weeks)


Tues. 6:30 - 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts Sept. 15 – Dec. 01

Part 2

The Name of the rose is a historical novel that takes place in 1327 in a BenedictineAbbey where there are suspicions of heresy. When friar William starts investigating, suddenly seven deaths occur.He must decipher secret symbols and coded manuscripts in the labyrinth of the Abbey where the most interesting things happen at night. Students discuss the book in class and present research on the background of the Piedmont region.


Tuition: $ 360 (12 weeks)

Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish

Starts Sept. 13 – Dec.13


Selections from movies will provide the mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary during class discussion. 

Movies: Roma città' aperta, La Dolce Vita, Le fate ignoranti; Lazzaro felice, Tre piani; and the TV show "L'amica Geniale"

Tuition: $ 360 (30 hours)

Mon. 6:30- 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi 

Starts Sept. 14 – Dec.14

The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

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Tuesday 11am - 7pm

Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday  11am - 7pm

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